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Renowned Cattle Rustler Hands Self to UPDF, Seeks Gov't Support

Peter Achucu Lokiru, a renowned raider responsible for raids in Karamoja and Turkana handed over himself to the army at the 3rd Division Headquarters in Moroto and promised to work with the UPDF and local authorities to persuade his fellow warriors to abandon the jungles and hand over their weapons voluntarily.
Reformed Warrior Achucu Receives Voluntary Disarmament Card from 3 Division Commander

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A renowned cattle rustler has handed himself to the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF, in a move described by the UPDF as a breakthrough in stopping cattle raids in the Karamoja region.

Peter Achucu Lokiru, a renowned raider responsible for raids in Karamoja and Turkana handed over himself to the army at the 3rd Division Headquarters in Moroto today, and promised to work with the UPDF and local authorities to persuade his fellow warriors to abandon the jungles and hand over their weapons voluntarily.

Achucu who has lived in the jungles since 2016, sometimes taking refuge in Turkana, apologized to the district leaders and the UPDF for his acts and promised never to return to cattle raiding. The reformed warrior was received by the Division Commander, Brig. Joseph Balikudembe in the presence of local leaders.

Brig. Balikudembe said the UPDF has pardoned Achucu despite being on the wanted list of notorious raiders in the region and for leading a group of raiders who often engaged in battles with the army since 2015. Achucu was issued a voluntary disarmament card for Karamoja after handing over his two AK 47 rifles that he has been using for raiding, fighting government troops and terrorizing residents.

“I have voluntarily stopped raiding and here are the guns I used. I was looking for soldiers and they were looking for me. Today though, I have surrendered and stopped my ways forever. I ask you leaders and the UPDF to forgive me, I will never go back to raiding,” he said.

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Achucu appealed to the government to build for him a house at his village in Mogoth in Lotisan Sub County in Moroto district, and give him an alternative source of income rather than the risky life he has lived for the last seven years.

The 3rd Division Commander, Brig. Joseph Balikudembe noted that the card which has details of the person who voluntarily hands over illegal guns will be used to benefit from special government support that will be given to those who voluntarily surrender.

Brig. Balikudembe asked the reformed warrior to cooperate with the government and UPDF in bringing peace to Karamoja. He also noted that his name has been registered for special government support to enhance his rehabilitation and settlement. He said the reforming of Achucu is a breakthrough in pacification efforts for Karamoja.

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Local leaders have welcomed the news of Achucu’s surrender. The Moroto district Chairperson David Koriang says he hopes it will lead to a reduction of raids.

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John Robert Adupa Akiki, the LC III chairperson Lotisan Sub County who has been part of the leaders who persuaded Achucu to return from the jungles says more warriors are likely to embrace peace and return their guns just as their leader has.

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On Sunday night, the UPDF also arrested another raider identified as Lopera, the coordinator of raiders in Napak Amudat, Nabilatuk and Moroto districts. Lopera, a resident of Lotome in Napak district was arrested in a botched raid. He is being detained at the Division headquarters.

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